How to Become an Air Traffic Controller


Staff member
Jun 11, 2008
If you would like to apply for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control Specialist (ATCS) announcement, please look at the details below:

-A nationwide competitive, FG-01, vacancy announcement open to all U.S. Citizens will be issued in February, 2014. Any individual desiring future consideration for employment must apply under the new process during the open period of the vacancy announcement. Applicants with tentative offer letters of employment will continue to be processed and need not to apply to this announcement.

-All applicants will be evaluated against the same qualifications criteria. Specifically, applicants must possess at least three years of full-time work experience or a bachelor's degree, or a combination of the two to equal three years.

-The pre-employment test has been revised. The revised test is comprised of a two-part process including a questionnaire completed during the initial application and a subsequent test administered post-application. The subsequent test will only be administered to those who meet the qualification standards and pass the applicant questionnaire.

-All applicants will be required to take and pass the new assessments in order to be referred for selection consideration.

-A single vacancy announcement will be used for all applicant sources, resulting in a single nationwide referral list containing all qualified candidates who meet the qualification standards and pass the pre-employment test. Although applicant geographical preferences will be considered, geographic preferences will no longer be used for referral or selection and those selected may be placed anywhere in the United States.

Requirements to Apply:

-Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, must be hired prior to 31 years of age and pass a physical exam, drug screening and criminal background check. Job aptitude tests may also be required.

-Related military air traffic control experience or two-to-four years of college in aviation-related degrees are ideal paths to qualifying (see Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative Program (AT-CTI) Schools).

-Three years of progressive work experience, or a combination of college and work experience, may also qualify you. See here for details on how you may qualify by using a combination of work experience and college experience.

-ATC training includes an intensive three-month training course at the FAA Academy. Class work and supervised on-the-job training may continue for two to four years depending on career specialties and the nature of the facility you are assigned."

How to apply:

1. Go to

2. Sign in or Create Account at top right corner of screen.

3. Create your resume for the ATC announcement.

4. Wait until the February Open Announcement bid is released and apply for the job

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Junior Member
Apr 29, 2011
Seattle, WA
I was reading the Feb 10th bid is going to be puting folks in the academy for the next 18 months. Doesn't answer your question exactly but food for thought.


Maybe his sole purpose was to provide info upto a certain date.


Jan 16, 2013
Litchfield, MN
UND heard a rumor that this could possibly be the only one this year and there may be another one next February. Hopefully that's not the case but with 20,000+ applications on this bid we may be lucky if there is another one in 12 months and its not longer.